An eat-in kitchen is a favorite feature of busy families with children, a spot where the kids can eat without too much worry about the mess and the cook isn’t separated from the rest of the crew. Need a few ideas about eat-in kitchen seating? Let your family’s lifestyle and the size and shape of your kitchen be your guide.
Table and chairs. The simplest option is a table and chairs, allowing you to select a set that is the perfect scale for your space. If you have ample room, choose a big table and larger-scale chairs. A small bistro set, however, might be more appropriate in a kitchen short on space. Metal industrial or clear acrylic chairs look great in a modern space. For a more traditional look, try wooden or upholstered/slip-covered chairs. If your space is narrow, consider a backless bench that can be tucked beneath the table.
Banquette. This built-in seating utilizes a bench, window-seat, or booth to provide a cozy spot for eating. A banquette is a good option for a small kitchen because the bench is flush with the wall and can fit into a corner. Most banquettes are wooden built-ins with upholstered cushions, but you can buy or build a freestanding high-backed bench to use instead. The freestanding option allows you to rearrange your kitchen with ease. Pair your banquette with a table of similar size. Tip: A round top with a pedestal base makes it easy for people to get in and out. Add two to three chairs and you’ll have the perfect set up.
Island/breakfast bar. If you really need to maximize your kitchen space, island seating is your best option. These multitasking pieces combine storage, food-prep space, and an eating area. Modern islands come in multiple configurations but one of the most popular features a countertop that extends over the base on one side to provide a space for two to three stools. Unless you have an extremely large kitchen, an island won’t fit many guests. However, some modern islands resemble traditional tables and can accommodate seating on either side. Keep in mind that the additional seating might get in the way of food prep, and these types of islands have minimal storage.